Paul Lambert brings fresh hope to Stoke City

Paul Lambert’s return to the Premier League ended in victory against Huddersfield, as his Stoke side eased to a 2-0 victory.

The Scotsman spoke of his pride after the game, “I’m delighted for the players and supporters, that was my main concern. From the moment I came to the club, it was about supporters and players”

Two goals in the second half from Joe Allen and Mame Diouf gave Stoke City a much-needed win to lift them from the relegation zone and new manager Lambert told how much work the players had done in training in the lead up to the game, “The first goal was something we’d worked on in training because Huddersfield play a high line”.

It wasn’t just the attackers that impressed the former Villa man, his defence who kept only their third clean sheet of the season, and their first since their only away win in October at Watford, “They had to get at it and if we had won 2-1, 3-1, and conceded, so be it. But it’s nice to get a clean sheet for the back lads.”

Huddersfield boss David Wagner was gracious in defeat, “This was a deserved defeat, Stoke have shown their top quality as a team and they limited our offensive players.”

But the Town boss remains confident his players have what it takes to avoid the drop come May, laughing he said, “We keep cool heads since we were promoted and we will not get ahead of ourselves after positive or negative results.”

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